National Police Week Honors the Thin Blue Line

Yolo County Release  |  2018-05-11

National Police Week Starts May 13th.

Yolo County Law Enforcement Agencies and the Yolo County District Attorney's Office will honor officers killed in the line of duty at a Memorial Walk Scheduled for May 18th

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that the week of May 13th is National Police Week, which honors officers who have been killed in the line of duty.  

National Police Week has evolved over the years. What began as a Memorial Service attended by 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement has evolved into a week-long event that gives survivors and other supporters an opportunity to come together and honor those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Originating in 1962 with President John F. Kennedy signing a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, the week-long event held in Washington D.C. hosts thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world.  The Memorial Day also offers several events honors those officers who have died and provides support and supportive services to the families and friends.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors more than 21,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people since the first known Line of Duty death in 1791. The California Peace Officer Memorial located at 10th Street and Capitol Mall in Sacramento was unveiled on May 13, 1988, as a memorial for these California officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Yolo County Retired Peace Officers Association spearheaded the effort to get a memorial erected for fallen Yolo County law enforcement officers. This effort led to the unveiling of the memorial in 2013 on the Yolo County Superior Courthouse grounds.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) in the past ten years 1,511 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. This is an average of 151 officers killed per year. There were 129 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2017, six of which were from the State of California.

Yolo County has endured the loss of 11 of its community protectors since 1912. Most recently, the murder of Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Diaz occurred on June 15, 2008. Deputy Diaz’s murder 
occurred just three days after the killer of local CHP Officer Andy Stevens was sentenced to death in Yolo County Superior Court for his murder on November 17, 2005. 

In addition to the District Attorney’s role in prosecuting these murders and all other state and local crimes that occur within Yolo County, the District Attorney also employs law enforcement officers within its Investigations Bureau. Currently the District Attorney’s Office has 15 full-time and six part-time sworn peace officers working as criminal investigators.  These investigators complement  the approximately 300 law enforcement personnel that serve Yolo County. 

The following Yolo County Peace Officers are listed as officers who have died in the line of duty, the date of their End of Watch (EOW) and how they died. 

California Highway Patrol
Officer Andrew Stevens EOW: November 17, 2005 Gunfire
Sergeant Gary Wagers EOW: March 15, 2001 Vehicle Collision
Officer William Freeman EOW: December 22, 1978 Gunfire
Officer Roy Blecher EOW: December 22, 1978 Gunfire
Officer Ivan Casselman EOW: August 24, 1935 Motorcycle Collision

Yolo County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Jose “Tony” EOW: June 15, 2008 Gunfire
Deputy Walter Leinberger EOW: November 18, 1943 Gunfire

Winters Police Department
City Marshall William Rice EOW: October 18, 1912 Gunfire

West Sacramento Police Department
Officer James McKnight EOW: June 16, 1990 Gunfire

Davis Police Department
Officer Douglas Cantrill EOW: September 7, 1959 Gunfire

Woodland Police Department
Officer Lawrence Sills EOW: June 13, 1945 Motorcycle Collision

On May 18, 2018, Yolo County law enforcement agencies and the Yolo County District Attorney's Office are sponsoring a Peace Officer Memorial “Walk to Remember.”  The brief ceremony begins at 12 noon, with the walk starting immediately after the ceremony.  The walk is about one mile in length.

For more information, please contact Wendy Wilcox at wendy.wilcox@yolocounty.org.

New Mental Health Program Targets Pre-teens

By Sac County News  |  2018-05-17

​​SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission has awarded Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services more than $2 million dollars in grant funding as part of Senate Bill (SB) 82 Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act third round crisis triage grant funds. ​

Sacramento is one of 11 counties to receive this third round grant funding aimed at increasing mental health services in schools for youth ages 11-14 years. 

“As we continue to build out our services continuum, we are including more services targeted at youth,” says Uma Zykofsky, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Director. 

This funding will allow Sacramento County to position three, two-person mental health service teams in three targeted middle school campuses within Sacramento County. Sacramento County’s Children and Youth Crisis Service Needs Assessment revealed gaps in the existing service continuum on school campuses for students, including a lack of awareness of mental health issues for children and crisis services. This program aims to​ close these identified gaps. 

The new program, Safe Zone Squad, will consist of a Youth Advocate Mental Health Worker and a Mental Health Counselor. Each team will have designated and consistent office hours to support walk-in crisis needs and to create a dependable presence. Each middle school campus will have a dedicated team so that students see the same team members throughout their days. The teams will work with students, faculty and parents to help demystify and destigmatize mental illness, provide education on managing escalating stress and learning how to identify and help someone who is distressed. 

"This grant is very important to Sacramento County. We are making great strides in creating a more complete responsive continuum of care for our community,” adds Zykofsky. “This grant helps bring education and behavioral health services together."

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The Canine Stars to Perform at the Sacramento County Fair!

Sacramento County Fair Release  |  2018-05-17

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - North America’s Premier Stunt Dog Show, The Canine Stars, is coming to the Sacramento County Fair for the very first time! Sponsored by Lasher’s Elk Grove Subaru, and free with Fair admission, guests will be able to watch a unique extreme sports production designed to excite and amaze pet-lovers from all walks of life.

This event highlights popular dog sports such as dock diving, freestyle frisbee disc, flyball racing, high jumping, and dog agility. Featuring multiple breeds and mixes of dogs who have been rescued or adopted from shelters, fairgoers will not be able to look away! “These dogs are true world-class champions. The Canine Stars are going bring such a fun and exciting energy to the Fair, and the fact that all of these dogs have been rescued or come from shelters really promotes a positive message to our community,” says Pamela Fyock, CEO of the Sacramento County Fair.

The Canine Stars are based out of Colorado and Wyoming, including trainers from coast to coast in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. From South America to Alaska, these world-class pups and their attentive trainers have been entertaining crowds across the map for over a decade. The shows will feature upbeat music and at least 12 talented dogs, one of which is a Belgian Malinois named Power!  

Featured on Animal Planet, ESPN, the Travel Channel and many more, this high-energy stunt dog show is one that you can’t miss! The Canine Stars is open every day of the Fair and is free with the price of admission. Tickets for the Fair and Grandstand events will be available for purchase online at www.sacfair.com or at the Sacramento County Fair office. Adult tickets are only $6.00, kids 12-and-under are FREE, and select events are discounted online until May 23rd. Join over 100,000 guests and experience more than 30 carnival rides, dozens of free exhibits, musical guests, and activities all Memorial Day Weekend.

As an added bonus this year, the Sacramento County Fair is partnering with Make-A-Wish® Foundation to host Terrell and his Adopt-A-Wish® sponsors, Sutter Health. Terrell, 14, who battles leukemia, wishes to have his very own carnival, so the Sacramento County Fairgrounds will open one day early so Terrell’s wish can come true.

Not only has Terrell has shown bravery by fighting his critical illness, but recently he was recognized as a local hero for saving neighbors in their apartment building after it caught on fire in Stockton. At his carnival, Sutter employees will be there to support him in his wish coming true as well the Stockton Fire Department to recognize him as a local hero.

“Wishes would not be possible without the collective support of our local community,” said Jennifer Stolo, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. “Because of Adopt-A-Wish sponsors like Sutter Health and lending lands from the Sacramento County Fair, Terrell’s wish is going to be a magical experience for him and his family.”

For more information on the Fair and a daily schedule visit www.sacfair.com and #ShareTheFair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/, Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

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Bat Talk and Walk

By Yolo Basin Foundation  |  2018-05-17

Meet a live Mexican free-tailed bat and watch them fly. Photo by Joy Elson

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Enjoy the nightlife and meet live bats. Watch bats leave Highway 80 at the Yolo Causeway as they fly to eat crop pests and mosquitoes throughout the valley. Learn about these amazing mammals at one of the popular summer Bat Talk and Walk programs with Yolo Basin Foundation. 30 dates mid-June to mid-September from which to choose.

About 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats call the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area home. Each evening, in the summer, these beneficial animals each millions insects.

Following a 45-minute indoor presentation on bat natural history and meeting the live bats, the group will carpool out to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch the “fly-out” of the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in California. The bats emerge in long ribbons as they head out to hunt for insects for the night. To get to the viewing site, the group will caravan through wetlands and rice fields to an area not open to the public.

Registration required www.yolobasin.org or (530) 757-3780.

Yolo Basin Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) -  All are welcome to attend the Friends of the Davis Public Library’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. when State Librarian, Greg Lucas will be the featured speaker. The event will be in the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 E. 14th Street in Davis.  Light refreshments will be served following the meeting.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Greg Lucas California’s 25th State Librarian in May 2014. Previously, Greg was the bureau chief for the San Francisco Chronicle and covered politics and policy at the State Capitol for nearly 20 years.  Greg has a degree in communications from Stanford University, a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and recently completed his Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University in January 2018.

The Yolo County Library has received grants from the State Library to fund programs such as the Book Bike and Books by Mail, which both improve access to library resources for individuals that are unable to visit the library.  The Yolo County Library recently received a grant from the State Library to provide all K-12 students with library cards and training on resources at the beginning of each school year.  The program will be piloted with the Esparto Unified School District in the 2018-19 school year.

In addition to Lucas speaking, the Friends of Davis Public Library will hold their annual meeting to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and to elect new officers for the coming year.  Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting and information on joining the Friends will be available for those interested.  Annually, the Davis Friends contribute around $100,000 to the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library and the South Davis Montgomery Branch to provide for monthly programs, the annual summer reading program and additional funds for the library’s book and resources collection.  The Davis Friends also run the Logos Book Store, located at 513 2nd Street in Davis.

No reservations are required and all programs are free to attend. The Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library is accessible for persons with disabilities.  For more information regarding this event, contact Scott Love at (530) 757-5595 or scott.love@yolocounty.org.  For more information about the Friends of the Davis Public Library, visit: www.davislibraryfriends.org.  For more information about Yolo County Library visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org or connect with the Library on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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The Force Holding Animal Abusers Accountable

By Sac County News  |  2018-05-16

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Animal abuse, neglect and cruelty is more prevalent in our region than most people know. Local animal regulation agencies work cases every day, pulling animals out of precarious living conditions or caring for animals that were victims of abuse or neglect. 

One of the most popular recent situations was the puppy Thomas, found on the side of the road – clearly injured. X-rays showed he had been struck in the skull with a blunt object, shattering his skull causing severe injury to his head and eyes. 

The Bradshaw Animal Shelter, where Thomas was brought by a kind citizen after finding him, immediately began lifesaving treatment to manage his pain and treat the infection spreading in his body. Meanwhile, the shelter went public with Thomas’s story – asking for any information about Thomas. No one came forward with information and Thomas’s abuse/cruelty case is still unsolved. 

The good news is that through the generosity of the shelter’s non-profit, T.E.A.M. (Teaching everyone Animals Matter), Thomas was able to get brain surgery and is now living a nearly normal life. 

Thomas is just one example of hundreds the area animal shelters see every year. Because of the serious nature of the crimes seen, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office launched an Animal Cruelty Task Force – comprised of representatives from each animal shelter in Sacramento County and the Sheriff and Police Departments. ​

Together, these agencies are working to identify, investigate and prosecute those responsible for abuse, neglect and cruelty to animals. Research shows that the link between animal abuse and crimes committed against persons is strong. Often, animal abuse is a gateway to crimes against humanity. With the help of the task force, Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley is looking to put a stop to this progressively violent behavior. 

Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley on why she felt this task force collaborative was critical:

“For too many years in Sacramento it has been the worst of scenarios for animals.  Prosecution relies on both law enforcement and animal control to make animal abuse investigation more of a priority within their agencies.​

Law Enforcement more often than not, doesn’t receive training in animal abuse.  Like any other crime, animal abuse constitutes violations of the Penal Code and law enforcement is responsible for investigating them.  ​

At the same time Animal Control agencies have lacked training their officers as investigators.  The officers all need to develop the ability to take statements, write reports and understand their responsibilities to develop and investigate cases.  Our community expects that both animal care and law enforcement officers are performing their duties so that violators are accountable.  

We have formed the task force to unite these agencies, share successes and learn from failures.  Many on the force share an affinity for animals.  We can only improve by communication, working together and joining all forces.”

 

The Animal Cruelty Task Force is just one example of progressive collaboration efforts across County agencies and across jurisdictional lines – all with the goal of creating a Sacramento Countywe all love. 

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Kings Draw Second Pick in NBA Draft Lottery

Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-05-16

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - In what will be arguably the most important draft in Sacramento Kings history, the odds have already bounced in their favor. They made the biggest jump in Tuesday night’s lottery, moving all the way from the projected seventh overall pick to the second slot behind the tank-happy Phoenix Suns. It is the first time in the modern lottery era that the kings have held a top three pick.

But with a long, dismal history of draft selections recently highlighted by Jimmer Fredette, Thomas Robinson, Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas, does it even matter at all? For what it’s worth, this is a deep draft class headlined by Deandre Ayton out of Arizona, Luka Doncic out of Real Madrid, Jaren Jackson out of Michigan State, Marvin Bagley III out of Duke and Trae Young out of Oklahoma, to name a few. The talent is definitely there.

The Suns appeared to have their sights set on Ayton all season long as they gloriously tanked. He looks ready to make an immediate impact in the league and keeping him in the state of Arizona makes sense. However, Suns new head coach, Igor Kokoskov, was Doncic's head coach when he won the 2017 EuroBasket title and is big on his guy. This may change things in the Kings’ favor yet again heading into the draft.

The Kings have a lot of options, but if Ayton fell to the number two pick Sacramento would have no choice but to take him. The 7’0”, 260 pound, 19-year-old averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his freshman year. “Elite physical tools, soft touch at the rim and a promising jump shot make Ayton the likely top pick,” according to SI’s latest Top 100 Prospect Rankings. “His sheer size and strength presents a matchup problem for most any defender, and he may be the most athletic 7-foot prospect to come along this decade.”

Ayton would be a no brainer for Sacramento, as it is extremely rare to find a 7-footer with his arsenal. But it surely won’t be that easy, it never is for a Kings organization that hasn’t reached the playoffs or finished with a winning record since 2005-2006.

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American Heart Association Collaborates to Create Healthier Environments for Children in Early Child Care

By American Heart Association  |  2018-05-15

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Several child care and children’s organizations in California have collaborated with the American Heart Association (AHA) and joined the fight to create healthier environments for children by supporting funding allocation for programs that follow well researched healthy early care standards.

Currently, there is no state funding allocated for child care providers who wish to implement healthy early care standards. Thirty-three percent of providers stated they did not have enough money to make the healthy changes they wished to incorporate in their site.

AHA wants California to establish funding for dedicated technical assistance and grant opportunities for child care providers in low-income communities to implement healthy activities such as healthy eating, physical activity, and screen time limitations in their center or home.

“Early childhood programs can establish healthy habits for preschoolers like less screen time and more physical activities, which in turn will improve health outcomes,” stressed Jessica Sims, MD, Board Member, American Heart Association Los Angeles and Regional Medical Director, AltaMed Health Services. “Child care providers want to provide healthy environments for children, and they must be supported with resources. This is the opportunity,” Sims added.

With 433,000 California children spending a large part of their day in early care and education programs, such as Head Start, child care, Early Head Start or pre-kindergarten, many child care providers know the importance of caring for children properly and creating and reinforcing healthy habits.

Providers and parents want standards that will help all children grow up at a healthy weight. They want kids to:

  • Have access to healthy meals and snacks full of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains;
  • Be served more water or milk instead of sugary drinks like fruit drinks, sports drinks, soda, and sweetened waters;
  • Be physically active; and
  • Limit time spent watching TV or in front of a computer or tablet. 

Quality early care education can help shrink the achievement gap, improve health outcomes, and increase lifetime earnings. To learn more, go to http://www.heart.org/HealthyECE.

About American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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On-Demand Rideshare Now Available in West Sacramento

By City of West Sacramento  |  2018-05-15

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

City is among first in Nation to launch service as public transportation solution

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Residents of West Sacramento can now use a new public transportation service offering on-demand shared rides anywhere in the city at an affordable flat-fare. In partnership with New York based ride sharing company Via, the City pilot program allows users to book a ride in a six-passenger Mercedes-Benz van using the Via app or by calling 916-318-5101. Rides start at $3.50, or $1.75 for seniors. Most riders will be picked up within a block of their starting point. Door-to-door wheelchair accessible rides will also be available.

The City celebrated the start of service with demonstration rides Monday, May 14 at Raley Field bringing together project partners including the Sacramento Council of Government (SACOG), Yolo County Transportation District, Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network, and the UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.

“This partnership with Via is a reaffirmation of the City’s commitment to provide residents of all ages with access to an array of transportation options close to where they live, work and play,” said City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This yearlong Pilot will not only save residents money on gas and parking, but will also provide cleaner air, reduce congestion and promote overall livability.”

The program will offer affordable transportation to key areas of the city, making it easier for residents to make regular trips to work or school, medical appointments, grocery stores, restaurants or River Cats games.

The Pilot will play an integral role in the City’s Mobility Action Plan (MAP), which is intended to help the City develop a 21st Century smart mobility network that integrates shared, electric, connected and autonomous mobility choices.

“In the city of the future, everyone will be getting around in dynamically-routed shared vehicles. We are excited to partner with West Sacrament to pursue a shared vision and help them provide the first-ever fully on-demand public transportation service,” said Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder and CEO of Via.

Riders are encouraged to try out this exciting new service which will initially operate weekdays 7am-7pm, and Saturdays 9am-7pm, with expanded hours to come in the near future.

 For more information please visit: RidewithVia.com/Westsacramento

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Relax at the Sunflower Saddle Ranch During the Sacramento County Fair!

From Sacramento County Fair  |  2018-05-14

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sunflower Saddle Ranch will be calling your name during the 2018 Sacramento County Fair! Take a break during the Fair and relax under the olive trees as your children stay occupied with several fun and educational activities at the Sunflower Saddle Ranch. The children become the stars of the show while they compete in a fast-paced and action-packed pedal powered tractor pull.

The Sunflower Saddle Ranch is all about agricultural education. From learning to roping a cow to milking it, kids will learn the ins and outs of true rural farm life. The Sunflower Saddle Ranch will also feature several exploratory stations about agriculture and farming.

“The Sunflower Saddle Ranch is just one of many fun and educational activities that families can partake in at the Sacramento County Fair. Adults are free to let their kids play and learn while they take break under the olive trees at the Fairground. It’s a great little section of the fair that the whole family can enjoy,” says Pamela Fyock, CEO of the Sacramento County Fair. Kids Ages four to 12 years-old are welcome to join, play, and learn at the Sunflower Saddle Ranch!

Aside from The Sunflower Saddle Ranch there are numerous other family friendly activities taking place at the Sacramento County Fair. While you are there, be sure to check out the Great American Duck Races, A Walk on the Wile Side exhibit, Mind Works, the Great American Petting Zoo, and much more! The fun and excitement will take place from May 24th – May 28th on the Fairgrounds.

Tickets for the Fair and Grandstand events will be available for purchase online at www.sacfair.com or at the Sacramento County Fair office. Adult tickets are only $6.00, kids 12-and-under are FREE, and select events are discounted online until May 23rd. Join over 100,000 guests and experience more than 30 carnival rides, dozens of free exhibits, musical guests, and activities all Memorial Day Weekend.

As an added bonus this year, the Sacramento County Fair is partnering with Make-A-Wish® Foundation to host Terrell and his Adopt-A-Wish® sponsors, Sutter Health. Terrell, 14, who battles leukemia, wishes to have his very own carnival, so the Sacramento County Fairgrounds will open one day early so Terrell’s wish can come true.

Not only has Terrell has shown bravery by fighting his critical illness, but recently he was recognized as a local hero for saving neighbors in their apartment building after it caught on fire in Stockton. At his carnival, Sutter employees will be there to support him in his wish coming true as well the Stockton Fire Department to recognize him as a local hero.

“Wishes would not be possible without the collective support of our local community,” said Jennifer Stolo, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. “Because of Adopt-A-Wish sponsors like Sutter Health and lending lands from the Sacramento County Fair, Terrell’s wish is going to be a magical experience for him and his family.”

For more information on the Fair and a daily schedule visit www.sacfair.com and #ShareTheFair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/, Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

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